Cruise ships & ferries
Arriving in Melbourne by cruise ship
Melbourne is a popular port for the world's most prestigious cruise liners. Just four kilometres from the city centre, Melbourne's Station Pier services large cruise ships, and is the permanent home to the Spirit of Tasmania I and II (car/passenger ferry, Melbourne to Devonport, Tasmania).
The port terminal offers lounge facilities and visitor information, in a safe and friendly environment. Taxis, coaches, tour guides and the Skybus shuttle service operate pick-ups from the wharf. From October to April, staff and volunteers from the City of Melbourne operate an information desk at Station Pier. A tram service to the city runs directly from the pier.
Check the Port of Melbourne's cruise ship schedule for a list of cruise ship companies porting at Melbourne.
Take a ferry ride down the Yarra River or across Port Phillip Bay. Melbourne Water Taxis land at points on the Yarra River, between Abbotsford and Williamstown; and on the Maribyrnong River and Canning Street, Essendon. The Yarra Loop ferry service operates Friday evenings and weekend afternoons. Visit melbournewatertaxis.com.au for more information.
Popular stops include South Wharf, Southgate, Federation Wharf and ANZ Wharf. Special services run for major events such as AFL matches, the Australian Open Tennis, concerts and the Spring Racing Carnival.
Catch the ferry from Southbank for a scenic ride along the Yarra River and around the bay to Williamstown. Stop off at Scienceworks or ride twenty minutes further to Williamstown, to spend a day at the beach.
Visit the Williamstown Ferries website for timetables and prices.
Sorrento to Queenscliff
Take the spectacular 40-minute trip across Port Phillip Bay on the Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry Service. Travel between the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas and watch for dolphins and whales. Board as a passenger or bring your car. Visit the Searoad website for details on route times and pricing.
Docklands to Portarlington
Take a ferry from Docklands to Portarlington on the Bellarine Peninsula. The 80-minute cruise on Port Phillip Ferries will whisk you from the centre of Melbourne to a land of wine, cider, mussels and fresh produce. Find out more about timetables for the twice-daily crossing and travel, dining and tour packages for the Bellarine Peninsula at Port Phillip Ferries.
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